After several pandemic-related awards seasons, Monday’s 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be big and festive, producers said.
LOS ANGELES — Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson and the ceremony’s producers are promising a feel-good event — a phrase that doesn’t quite apply to some of the top-nominated shows.
Top drama candidates include the brutally dystopian Squid Game, dark workplace satire Severance, and Succession, about a powerful and cutthroat family. Even comedy nominee “Ted Lasso,” the defending champion, took a dark turn in storytelling.
But after several pandemic-related awards seasons, Monday’s 74th Primetime Emmy Awards (airing 8 p.m. EDT on NBC, streaming on Peacock) will be big and festive, executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart said.
They actually take a page from last year’s scaled-down ceremony and their club-style table settings for the nominees.
“You had fun. They had a party. They celebrated themselves,” Stewart said, recalling a comment from actress Sophia Bush at the end of the night: “Oh my god, I really had fun at the Emmys.”
Tables are always reserved for nominees — and their “meanings,” Stewart said — but about 3,000 other guests will traditionally be seated at the temporarily remodeled 7,000-seat Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
“If the nominees are having a great time, that will be broadcast on screen,” Hudlin said, citing the winners’ “passionate, touching” speeches.
Thompson, the veteran Saturday Night Live cast member and first-time Emmys presenter, said he wanted to enjoy the ceremony and make sure others did.
“This should be a night where artistry and creativity are valued and the stress relieved from it all. I get it — it sucks to lose, and everyone picks outfits and tries to do that red carpet thing,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, it’s great to be in the room on Emmys night and I don’t want that to get lost in the stress.”
He’s not expecting anything, which echoes the confrontation between Will Smith and Chris Rock that cast a shadow over the Oscars earlier this year, Thompson said.
Although HBO’s “Succession,” which won the 2020 Best Drama Series award, and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” top the list of top series awards, there’s potential for surprises. Netflix’s “Squid Game” would be a worldwide sensation as it would become the first non-English language drama series to win an Emmy.
On the comedy side, ABC’s acclaimed newcomer Abbott Elementary could become the first show to win the award for best comedy since the network’s Modern Family in 2014. It is also one of the few competitors this year, together with “Squid Game”. to field a significant number of color candidates.
At the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies earlier this month, the mockumentary-style show about educators at an underfunded Philadelphia school won the trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series Casting. “Succession” won the casting award for the drama series.
“The Crown,” last year’s big winner, was not in the running this time because it exceeded Emmys eligibility. The dramatized account of Queen Elizabeth’s reign and family life will return for its fifth season in November as Britain mourns the loss of its longest-serving monarch, who died on Thursday aged 96.
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